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Published June 1st 2014
Paddington, brisbane, great place to spend the day
I am embarrassed to admit that after ten years of living in Brisbane, today was the first occasion I spent some time enjoying the Paddington Precinct. Yes I have driven through there at times always en route to a meeting, alas too busy to stop. Usually we go into the city for breakfast or a coffee but this morning we ventured from the usual beaten track and I am so glad we did.
A very special cafe district in the heart of Brisbane
The first day of winter dawned sunny and warm and was most pleasantly spent wandering around Paddington sampling delicious food from its cafes and window-shopping.
La Trobe Terrace (starts as Given Terrace) is virtually one long strip of coffee shops, boutiques and restaurants that rises delightfully over a hill affording splendid views of the city. Both sides of the leafy street are lined with charming shops and retail establishments in a range of cottagey, vintage, period and classic Queenslander architectural styles.
It reminded me a little of Berri in NSW (North of Nowra, South of Sydney) where vintage, antiques, art and crafts and gourmet food merge into a wonderful colourful vignette - full of personality and a joy to visit.
Both my husband and I thoroughly enjoyed the morning, he is keen to go back and look at the hardware shop that had old wares not seen anywhere else which unfortunately was not open on a Sunday.
Even the local Vinnies is presented in the gorgeous character of Paddington- housed in the renovated, heritage listed former Order Of The Foresters building (constructed in 1888. designed by architect AB Wilson and built by Walter Taylor).
Charming Heritage Listed Building Paddington. Brisbane
No ordinary op-shop, this one is full of quirky appeal that only something that 'old' can offer. I especially loved the creaking stairs and the goods on sale were of high quality and interest.
Our morning in Paddington, Brisbane honestly felt like a holiday, like we had stepped from Brissy into another exotic location. Our spend for the morning: $38 - cheapest mini break there is by my reckoning. I can't believe the amount of unique surprises Brisbane still holds even for those of us who call it home.
Charming Cottages and heritage buildings in Paddington, Brisbane QLD
Paddington is only a few minutes West of the Brisbane city CBD (coming in from the South get on Hale St bypass momentarily and keep left at Milton Road). #BrisbaneCafes, #BrisbaneVintage, #whattodoontheweekendbrisbane